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Eminem claims he's a G.O.A.T., and offers evidence

Kjca6cnc At the dawn of the Napster age, Eminem completists used to endlessly trawl for random guest appearances, freestyles and other free-floating flotsam and jetsam. From his appearance on Sway and Tech's "The Anthem," to appearances on the Madd Rapper album, to radio show freestyles, the young Slim Shady was snarling, elastic and lawless.

During an era in which shiny-suited rappers and boy bands churned out pop with a platinum glaze, Marshall Mathers was resolutely anarchist. It felt like you were watching a young Ali, defiantly outside the system but meticulously plotted by someone who knew exactly what he was doing. Floating like a butterfly, antithetically opposed to the cornballs who made "Butterfly." Awesome.

Sometime around "Lose Yourself," he switched up his style. You can attribute it to the drugs, or the influence of G-Unit, or the massive success he acquired in the wake of his performance in "8 Mile." But suddenly, Em had become technically obssessed to the point of constipation. Whereas his earlier work had a relaxed, goofball charm, he now incorporated chainsaw noises and gunshots, and started rapping in a husky growl that suggested he spent most of his days amped up on Mountain Dew: Code Red while listening to Avenged Sevenfold (not that there's anything wrong with Avenged Sevenfold fans).

His music seemed rigid, like a basketball player bulking up but suddenly losing his speed and agility. "Relapse" marked a resurgence of sorts. By any account, the album was brilliantly rapped, but difficult to stomach. Still, there was no denying that it was a work of genius -- perhaps the songs weren't all there, but the skill was. If Hannibal Lecter could have recorded a rap album, this would've been it. Brilliant, sinister, scatological and a parent's nightmare. It's no wonder that Odd Future used it as a blueprint.

But after the record's muted reception, Eminem turned his back on that style, famously claiming on the single "Not Afraid" that "Relapse" was merely "eh." Despite the ostensible lucidity of his new-found sobriety, the claim marked a clouded judgment. Though the Grammys and his diehard fan base would surely argue, "Recovery" marked his artistic nadir. Despite its obvious well-meaning positivity, it was steeped in cliches and cynical pop bids.

The man who bragged about "human sacrifices, cannibalism and exorcisms" was gone. Instead, he wore a crucifix and imported Rihanna and Pink to honk bombastic hooks. It was 12-step platitude after platitude. Charlie Sheen's version of hell. Musically, his rhyme schemes and flows were ossified, technically razor-sharp but lacking the spontaneity and abandon that made him great. So it's a pleasant surprise to hear the gleefully sardonic "G.O.A.T," a never-released cut allegedly from 2007-08 that's finally seeing the light of day.

Taking dead aim at those who pigeonhole him as only a great "white rapper," he mocks Madonna, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, calls Paul Wall mediocre, and insinuates that Bubba Sparxxx has drug issues. It's not the Eminem of '99, but he's relaxed, funny and, with a glissando piano flow, hops from bar to bar like Tom Hanks at F.A.O. Schwarz in "Big."

Of course, Eminem's doing just fine career-wise. He's still the most popular rapper in the world. Grammy voters who listen to four rap records a year love him, and this comment section will surely have 40 people pop up to declare that it's idiotic to utter any negative words. But lightening up and loosening his hoodie wouldn't be a bad idea. Either way, no one's about to argue that he's not a G.O.A.T. Listen below, though be forewarned that the tracks contains cussing.

Stream: Eminem -- "G.O.A.T." @ Hip Hop DX

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Eminem in 2009, around the time of the release of "Relapse." Credit: Karin Catt.

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same old same old

This news story was written very well almost as if it were a die hard fan expressing eminem through his own eyes.

ur last paragraph sums it up...no one speaks an ill word about him anyone...thats why he's no more than angry and agitated and hell bent on proving himself...that changes his personality..from being called a loser to being treated like a legend everywhere...and its only natural to mature over time..and as i've observed with many greats and genuises ...after a prolonged period of greatness they do seem to lose that initial Rawness or spontaneity they had when he hit the blocks...

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Funny article for several reasons. Relapse is a crappy album and every knows that. All of eminem's albums are good from a technicle stand point. But to praise it as some return to form is crazy. This crappy goat song sounds like eminem is high. It doesn't sound right at all. Somehow eminem was able to do a classic album. Recovery is his best album since the eminem show. It's clearly liked accross the board. So why can't critics give him his props? No one thought he had this album in him. The sales of recovery speak for themselves. Somehow eminem became the biggest rapper again and top 2 or 3 pop star in the world again. The grammys completly pimped eminem. To not give him any major awards was so wrong. The Grammys totally made him believe he was going to have a special night. And they just punked him after he helped them generate massive ratings. So why doesn't eminem get the respect he deserves from critics? I am starting to believe race is highly involved. After all most of his success is related to the color of his skin. The funny thing about that is for some strange reason no other white rappers have had anywhere near his success. So if that is the key we would at least see some moderate success from other white mc's. I don't see anyone else in the rap world having anywhere near his success period. Eminem has cemented his legacy with classic album out of left field. Give him his props and stop making clearly ridiculous comments about great record.


I miss the old eminem


Eminem has risen to the top ever since his first album my name is slim shady. Despite the color of his skin he is still considered one of the best rappers alive. Ever since his new album recovery was released his fame has risen even greater. He is also kind of a good actor. In his pasted move 8 mile he tells a story about his life before he became famous. With out a doubt he is an impressive rapper.

His new album recovery has great hits like not Afraid, No Love, and Love the way you lie. In my opinion Not Afraid is the best song on the album. It has a nice beat and good flow. The words are encouraging and inspirational to young teens. This album also fetchers other artist like lil Wayne and Rihanna, they give the album a different but good flow.

This album ups are
Not afraid (good flow tells a empowering story about his recovery toads drugs)
No Love (feathers lil Wayne, favorite line is look at these rapper how I treat them so why the f**k would in join them when I beat them)
Love The Way You Lie (feathers Rihanna, tells a story about a bad relationship)

This album downs are
The fact that he chose lil Wayne to be in his song. It was bad because lil Wayne verse was better than his.

Overall Eminem is a great rapper. With a lot of potential to become even bigger. Even thow he is white he is still a big name in the rap community. He is even batter than some of the rappers now.

Recovery sucks. Relapse is genius. I used to love Marshall, but he 100% abandoned what made him my favourite. He just yells and has bad punchlines, he used to be clever and sharp.

"shake that ass like a donkey with parkinsons"
any album that says a lyric like that can't be great.

News flash: Eminem wrote little waynes verse, and still kills him. Get a grip mate.


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